I'm pretty sure I noticed a couple n64 cartridges jumping up in price by a very small amount. Last time I looked at Namco Museum 64 it was around $5 but now at Gamestop.com and Lukie Games it's going for $10. Like I said, rather inconsequential but still.
I admit I've probably racked my brain too much over the physical vs. digital debate anyway but now I'm leaning more towards physical. What probably sealed the deal for me is that Nintendo's going to be turning off the Wii Shop eventually. Coupled with the fact that I technically don't own the games I've purchased online with Nintendo, it just feels more secure to get the cartridges.
Also, if my dream of emigrating to Japan becomes a reality, I know what I need to do to get an N64 working with all my cartridge games. Not sure about the Wii plus there's the whole "licensed for the US only" thing.
On the other hand, cartridges are sturdy but not immortal, plus there's the issue with original N64 controllers vs. the Gamecube ones for the Wii VC. So there's only one conclusion; stop overthinking it and enjoy the ride day by day lol.
It must be exciting to never have played a Zelda game before - No64DD